BATTLE WON, MISSPELT SIGN TO BE REPLACED
Residents win battle to restore true plant name
REDBRIDGE residents have won a lengthy fight to have a misspelt sign in their street corrected.
Ken Albion has been campaigning alongside fellow residents for the past three years to have their street name restored to its original correct spelling, “Grevillea”.
The campaign began when the former Isis Shire Council amended its official records of the street’s name to read “Grevillia” in April 1998.
After voicing strong opposition against the misspelt sign, Mr Albion assumed the issue was resolved when the street sign remained unchanged.
But late last year Mr Albion noticed council workers at the signpost erecting a new sign that read “Grevillia” Dr.
Council claimed at the time that the signage was changed due to a possible confusion with Grevillea Crt in Woodgate, and there was a risk of mail being delivered incorrectly.
But Mr Albion said in the 23 years he had been a resident, his mail had never been mixed up.
Mr Albion, a teacher specialising in English, said he found the sign “offensive” as “Grevillia” did not exist in the English language.
In response to the complaints, Bundaberg Regional Council has now
❝ Ken Albion We were delighted with the resolution to restore the name of Grevillea to its original.
erected a new sign and corrected all council records to read “Grevillea”.
Mr Albion said he and his fellow neighbours were thrilled with the council’s co-operation.
“Grevillea ... is both historically and botanically and linguistically the correct way to spell it,” he said.
UNWANTED SIGN: Ken Albion and Bernie Wallbridge were among a number of residents who found this "Grevillia" Drive sign offensive and campaigned to reinstate its correct spelling.